Just down the road from the busiest part of town, there is a quiet country neighborhood that has been untouched by all of the restaurants, strip malls, and golf courses that surround it. The main road is covered by a canopy of oak trees, and mailboxes dot the end of long winding driveways that disappear into the brush. In the middle of the neighborhood sits an organic farm stand that is only open on the weekends. There are not many places like this one. With the exception of summer time when the temperatures are not ideal for growing, it’s dusty parking lot stays full to the brim. Not only does the farm grow their own pristine organic vegetables, but they also have a variety of nuts, seeds, honey, spices, and raw milk and cheese.
A large square table that sits in the middle of the stand, is normally where prized seasonal goods are displayed. That is where I found these beautiful heirloom tomatoes, spread in one layer across the table, so as not to bruise or damage the perfectly ripe fruit. They come in a wide range of colors from a bright yellow to a dark burgundy with green stripes. Although I tend to favor the darker ones, my usual habit is to buy at least one of each….